November 29, 2016 12:22 am
Updated: November 29, 2016 12:54 am

1 dead, 2 taken to hospital after southern Alberta crash

Mounties investigate after a crash on Highway 3 leaves a Coaldale, Alta. man dead. Nov. 28, 2016.

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RCMP said they are investigating after a deadly crash shut down the eastbound lanes of Highway 3 near Coaldale Monday evening.

According to police, officers were called to a collision at Highway 3 and Range Road 212 at 5:30 p.m. Mounties said a Ford Focus was headed south on Range Road 212 and crossing Highway 3 when a westbound pickup truck broadsided the Focus, causing the car to go into a ditch on the east side of Highway 3.

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RCMP said a second, “rear-end collision” then occurred involving “two other westbound vehicles on Highway 3.” Police did not say how or if the two crashes were connected.

Three people were rushed to hospital including a 32-year-old Coaldale man who was in the Focus at the time of the first crash. Police said he was pronounced dead at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge while two other patients were treated for minor injuries. Mounties did not say which vehicle the two other patients were travelling in.

As of 8 p.m., the eastbound lanes of Highway 3 in the area near the crash remained blocked off as police investigated. The westbound lanes of the highway were reduced to one lane. Police said they expected the lane closures to be in place for “several hours.”

Police did not say what caused the crash or whether charges would be laid.

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